People Need Their Grants Not Food Parcels

19 December 2014. 

The IFP calls on SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) to pay grant recipients their monthly social grants this month instead of providing them with food parcels, after SASSA failed to communicate effectively that its payment dates have been revised due to the festive season. 

"SASSA changed its payment schedule without informing every grant recipient timeously. Now it says that grant recipients who did not collect their grants will be given food parcels but they will not be paid the December grant in January. People need money to buy what they want not these so called food parcels, which they will eat today and be left with nothing for the rest of the month. People have other financial commitments such as paying their rent, utility bills, purchasing of school uniforms, etc, besides food. This proves that SASSA does not understand the basic needs of our people," said IFP Spokesperson on Social Development, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana,MPL. 

"The recent and ever growing spate of SASSA's administrative disasters that have left countless vulnerable and poor persons destitute and it has to be addressed and fixed with immediate effect. These shortcomings do not conform to SASSA's vision of being 'a leader in social security services'. The responsibility of SASSA as a social security organisation is to administer quality customer-centric social security services to the poorest of the poor, thereby restoring the dignity of the beneficiaries. SASSA has always claimed that it will pay social grants 'to the right person, at the right time, at the right place' but it is failing on all three points," continued Mrs Nkwanyana. 

"The Department of Social Development and SASSA must implement a proper communications strategy in order to effectively communicate with the public, particularly our elderly people, so as to avoid incidents like the recent one that has occurred. This situation shows a lack of communication and care by SASSA and the Department towards grant recipients," concluded Mrs Nkwanyana. 

The IFP will pursue every available channel, including seeking legal advice on how it can intervene to help the poor and vulnerable who are being failed by SASSA and the National Government.


Issued by:
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL,
FP Spokesperson on Social Development, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675